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August 21, 2012

GRIDIRON AFTERMATH: Oldham feels ‘personally responsible’ for Jeff loss

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BY GREG MENGELT

greg.mengelt@newsandtribune.com

JEFFERSONVILLE — Jeffersonville coach Lonnie Oldham missed his team’s Week 1 29-25 loss to Louisville Eastern due to a suspension for allowing ineligible players to compete in the Red Devils’ Aug. 10 scrimmage with Clarksville.

Oldham said Tuesday that he believes his presence on the sideline may have been the difference in the outcome. The Eagles scored 15 unanswered fourth-quarter points to steal the victory.

“As head coach, I feel personally responsible,” Oldham said. “If I was on the field, we probably would have had a chance to win the game. That’s just the way I feel. I have a lot of confidence in my abilities as a coach and think [the players] have a lot of confidence in me.

“If I was there, I don’t know that we would have won. But I do feel responsible that I wasn’t there.”

Oldham said that from watching the film and from the reports he received from the game, the Devils’ inability to stop the run in the second half disturbed him.

“They kind of ran over us a little bit,” Oldham said. “I thought we would be better up front. All in all, most reports I got is we played hard, which is good, and played together. I have to be pleased with that.”

DRAGONS GIVE ONE AWAY

Yes, Silver Creek’s defense is still the problem in Sellersburg. But the Dragon offense gave away a couple of opportunities to at least challenge Springs Valley for its first win in nearly 60 years.

On the first drive, the Dragons drove down to the Blackhawk 4-yard line before a penalty and a failed fourth-down attempt derailed that drive in Friday’s 46-29 loss.

In the second quarter, Silver Creek’s Layne Taylor ran for a 60-yard touchdown. But that score was called back by another penalty.

“Penalties hurt us a lot,” Creek coach Mike Donahue said. “I thought the one [on the first drive] took us completely out of sync.”

Donahue said he considered sending out senior Trevor Spence for a field-goal attempt. After seeing Spence’s point-after kicks, he wished he had.

“He had never kicked and [kicking a field goal] is a pretty tough thing to do,” Donahue said. “[Spence] can kick it a mile. That’s not going to be an issue anymore.”

With Eastern, Crawford County and Salem — this week’s opponent — struggling out of the gates, Donahue can envision some wins for the Dragons this season, but his defense must improve.

“I see three or four truly possible wins,” he said. “The thing we’re going to be really working on this week is defense.”

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